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Thursday, November 30, 2006

TAINTED WIN AWAITS CHAVEZ - EL APARTHEID VENEZOLANO

The big question about Sunday's elections in Venezuela is not whether international observers will confirm the likely victory of narcissist-Leninist President Hugo Chávez, but whether they will denounce the election process as unfair. They should. Read the full column here to find out why, and let us know whether YOU agree.

Monday, November 27, 2006

WILL THERE BE A WORLD WATER SHORTAGE? -- ?UN MUNDO SIN AGUA?

In recent trips to several Latin American countries, I have been asked the same question: Is the region bound to get rich because it has the world's biggest reservoir of water, which may become the most precious commodity in the 21st century? Read my answer in the full column here, and let us know what YOU think.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

HOW TO MAKE A BETTER USE OF THE $37 BILLION BORDER FENCE FUNDS

If there was ever any doubt that the planned fence along the southern U.S. border is one of the dumbest ideas ever to come out of Washington, new estimates putting the price tag of the project at up to $37 billion should convince everyone to forget about the whole thing. Read what Washington could do to make a better use of these funds in the full column here, and let me know what YOU think.

Monday, November 20, 2006

RISE IN U.S. STUDENTS ABROAD IS GOOD NEWS -- LOS JOVENES NORTEAMERICANOS Y EL MUNDO

Good news! The number of Americans studying abroad has more than doubled in the past decade, and is reaching a new record this year. According to a just-released study by the Institute of International Education, the number of U.S. college students who studied abroad reached 206,000 this year, up from 83,000 a decade ago and 45,000 two decades ago. Read the full column here to find out why this is good news, and let me know what YOU think.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

REPUBLICANS WILL HAVE A HARD TIME LURING HISPANICS - EL VOTO HISPANO EN EL 2008

Can the Republican Party's appointment of Cuban-born Sen. Mel Martinez, a Florida Republican, as its national chairman help revert its loss of Hispanic voters in the Nov. 7 elections? Or have Hispanics effectively told the Republican Party, ``Hasta la vista, baby?'' Read the full column here, with my opinion on how Hispanics will vote in 2008, and let us know what YOU think.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

THE GOOD AND THE BAD ABOUT THE NEW CONGRESS - LO BUENO Y LO MALO DEL NUEVO CONGRESO

ATLANTA -- The good news is that the Democratic Party's victory in last week's congressional elections will put an end to the Bush administration's quasi-imperial arrogance. The bad news is that it will strengthen protectionist-isolationist forces in Washington. Read the full column here, and let me know what YOU think.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

HISPANICS SAY "ADIOS" TO G.O.P. - LOS HISPANOS LE DICEN "ADIOS" A LOS REPUBLICANOS

ATLANTA -- Hispanics said ''adiós'' to President Bush's Republican Party in Tuesday's midterm elections, voting in much greater numbers than expected for Democratic candidates in an apparent rejection of the ruling party's efforts to blame much of the nation's problems on undocumented migrants. About 73 percent of Hispanics voted for the Democratic Party on Tuesday, while only 26 percent voted for Republican candidates. In the 2004 presidential elections, 55 percent of Hispanics voted Democrat and about 42 percent voted Republican. Read the full column here, and let me know what YOU think.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

THE DAY CASTRO DIES -- EL DIA EN QUE SE MUERA CASTRO

SAO PAULO -- The day ailing Cuban president-for-life Fidel Castro dies, whenever that happens, several Latin American countries will express their deepest condolences, and at the same time ask for a political opening on the island.Unfortunately, South America's biggest country is not planning to be among them. Read the full column here in English, or here in Spanish, and let us know what YOU think countries should do when Castro dies.